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Hoppyum IPA | Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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pDev:
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Hoppyum IPAHoppyum IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by oberon on 12-29-2005

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Reviews: 343 | Ratings: 1,394
Photo of KajII
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a hazy medium amber orange with an average (1-2 finger) white sudsy head that slowly receded, down to a medium film and large collar with excellent sticky lacing.

The aroma was of grain malts, floral and pine hops and a soapy yeast with notes of caramel and citrus (grapefruit and orange).

The taste was a bit malty with a hint of caramel and a mild citrus sweetness early on, progressing with a nice bitter piney hop taste, a bit of grapefruit with a mildly bitter floral ending. The flavor lasted an average time following the swallow, with a hoppy citrus taste left behind to linger on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a dry yet somewhat creamy texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall this is a very simple IPA, a dose of hops, caramel and a touch of citrus. Sometimes simplicity is the best way to go. Simply delicious...

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Photo of patre_tim
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper orange filtered with little fine bubbled carbonation, 3 fingers of orange tinged white head.

S: Caramel, onion, orange candy, kitty litter, malty grains.

T: Orange, big bitter piney notes from near the beginning, lingering into the aftertaste, light sweetness, onion, malty grains like a kids sugared cereal, and a little bit like the smell of dry cat food.

M: Medium thick resinous body, medium carbonation.

O: Very hoppy as should be evident from the name, a great one for hop heads. Honestly not loving it, and I don’t see it as one I’d want to drink repeatedly. Still a great brew by a great company.

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Photo of humuloner22
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alright, my last review was of another Foothills product. The newest IPA of the month. In retrospect it was maybe better than I gave it credit for. My lower rating stem from a purely economic perspective. It was a solid beer. Case in point this beer.

It is a good IPA, not outstanding, but one you can drink frequently at a reasonable price. A local grocery store had it on sale last week for $7.99 a six pack. Now we are talking! In perspective I paid a buck less for the bomber of June IPA of the month, which by the way had less alcohol and I understand that often that is a driving force in price, although I do not know why. Nevertheless on to the review.

Appearance: Tawny golden amber, a good bit of head when poured fairly easily that stayed and stayed.

Smell: Nice aromatic grapefruit, some malt sweetness, but not too much, floral, overall well balanced in the aroma.

Taste: At first you get balance you detect in the smell, then as it passes over your back palate and you are hit with a bitterness from the hops that tend to linger. I drank a more potent DIPA right after this and did not get the lingering bitterness, almost like an arosol hairspray bitterness. Its good and bad in that respect. But its a balanced IPA overall. I do wish I could figure out the lingering grapefruit rind bitterness issue. Overall I do like this beer and its easily obtained and often on sale around here. It is one of Foothills better beers. Honestly I think they do IPA's well. Jade is amazing. I don't get the craze over Sexual Chocolate, but I have already addressed that.

Overall: Well worth seeking out, and even at $10 a sixer its a good deal and a great beer.

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Photo of pvo
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I really enjoy this beer, though this is the first time I've had it in a while. It's well-hopped, but not overwhelmingly so. There are few IPAs that I would be excited to have with dinner; this would be one of them.

Out of the bottle, this made a good head with a dark honey body below it. Good spicy aroma as well.

Some might say this isn't anything special; I wouldn't disagree, but I would favor the term well-balanced.

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Photo of Tone
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, floral, slight citrus, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight earthy malt, hops, sweet malt, hint of spice, slight floral, and hint of yeast. Overall, the earthy malt dominates the body in an unfavorable manner, but good appearance and feel.

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Photo of Beejay
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Apricot in color, hazy with a few floaties. The head is off white and falls into a rocky texture with some large bubbles.

S: The hops come across as earthy and herbal, with perhaps a touch of a spicy note. The finish is breakfast bread, and perhaps some grapefruit.

T: There is certainly some bitterness in there. Earthy, herbal, perhaps grassy. The finish has a touch of grapefruit peel, and a lingering bitterness.

M: Medium in feel, carbonation is on the higher side. Tannic finish with a bitterness that lingers into tomorrow.

O: Overall it's a decent beer, but perhaps a little on the earthy side for my tastes.

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Photo of delta490
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a slightly cloudy medium dark amber. There is a foamy head but it has no retention. There's a smidgen that lasts around the circumference and leaves a bit of lacing. The aroma is very citrusy hops with a hint of caramel malt and a bit of funkiness. The taste follows closely with the aroma. The body is a little thinner but with a crisp finish. It's a decent IPA.

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Photo of Guden
3.01/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

A- cloudy, with a beautiful burnt orange color, tons of pieces of hops and yeast chunks despite only pouring 3/4 of the bottle. Just a few off white bubbles in place of a head. I'm fine with not filtering but give me a warning and don't carry over the hops!

S- pungent, resinous, and dank with blackberry, raspberry and kiwi. Strong caramel sweetness and a touch of herbal also in the mix.

T- relatively light, citrusy flavors. Middle is a biscuity malt which fades to fairly high, astringent bitterness. Columbus hops seem to dominate with a Simcoe pine character also present but little citrus or juicy character.

M- thin, lightly carbonated. The thinness seems to accentuate the bitter finish but does little else for the beer.

O- this one was a disappointment. A few muddled, stale malt flavors and a bunch of bitter, astringent, medicinal pine is all that really comes through. Oh, and it's ugly.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
2.89/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured chilled in flared sampling glasses chez moi, consumed ca. 5 months after canning

A: amber color, good head; decent carb; not much lacing;
S: sweet malt aroma but something, I'm not sure, is off; citrus
T: very bittering hop-forward, way out of balance from the malt, etc.; lingering bitterness, almost as if a bittering hop has been used as a finishing hop; don't detect the Northwest hops advertised;
M: medium-light

Not planning on buying this again

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Photo of buschbeer
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a tulip

A - It is amber with golden highlights. It is capped with three inches of beige head.

S - I smell some citrus. Grapefruit seems to be at the forefront.

T - This is a citrus forward beer. The citrus is not overwhelming. It is crisp and has a lingering grapefruit bitterness.

M - Moderate with plenty of carbonation.

O - It is an above average IPA. It is definitely worth a taste or two . . . etc. But with so many options in this style it could easily be lost in the masses.

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Photo of JayQue
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

OK AIPA, nothing special. Pours a hazy orange color. A hard pour gives you a big frothy antique white head with fairly good retention. There are some thick bands of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is fairly mild....no big hoppy presence here. Some bitterness and some biscuity malt.

Flavor is about the same. There is some bitterness, some dry biscuity malt and a little sweetness from caramel malt. Didn't get any distinctive Simcoe hop aroma or flavor. The overall beer is malt forward with the bitterness more in the finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and a little dry. RIch enough for an AIPA.

Overall pleasant but there are SO MANY better AIPAs out there.

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Photo of donmonkey1
4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice copper color, nice carbonation, nice two finger white head, nice lacing.

Smell: Nice fruity, hoppy, mango-like smell.

Taste: Fruity, I can't pinpoint the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, great carbonation.

This is a great beer. I'm completely screwed up on describing it, but it's awesome. It reminds me of Dig beer from New Belgium. It's very similar.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on-tap at Westville Pub Asheville. Served in a pint glass.

A- Pours a light amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam.

S- Mildly citrusy hop aroma and a faint whiff of booze.

T- Good hop flavor with some moderate bitterness. It doesn't point toward any one particular direction. Just some mild citrus and on into the bitterness which actually becomes more and more intense with each sip. Touch of bready malt brings a slight balance. Alcohol is decently concealed.

M- Slightly sharp with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Nothing spectacular but it's better than the BA score gives it credit for. Just needs a bit more balance.

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Photo of sorryifyoudont
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What I am about to say isn't a bash on this well balanced east coast (u.s) ipa. Nice amber finish in glass (draft). Hops taste great but a bit spicy so if you aren't used to eastcoast ipas you may not like this ipa. Honestly to me not much of a potent smell from the draft. All in all I would definitely order this beer again and foothills brewing should not be overlooked.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy reddish gold with two finger head and lace patches down the glass over a aroma of dirty, earth hops and a touch of malt. The beer is not watery but real light as it is mostly hoppy and not too balanced, but thankfully not overhopped so it isn't overly bitter or dry. The lack of balance from the malts leads to a mostly decent but not real good hoppy beer that isn't bad but I don't need a second.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber colored with decent clarity and a minuscule bit of foam covering part of the top of the beer. Faint piney hop aroma. The taste is much more bitter than the aroma implies. Deep pine hop flavor that definitely grows in intensity throughout the fade. The bitterness from the hops definitely pricks the tongue.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice clear medium amber with a hint of red. Ample head and a lacing that lasts. Nice nose of citrus hops over a slight pine and slight sweet biscuit character. Light body with a smooth texture. Above average carbonation. Nice balanced taste of hops, mostly citrus but with a notable pine influence, biscuit and bitterness. It begins with citrus, progresses to pine and associated pleasant bitterness over a biscuit sweetness. It then effervesces into a tart bitterness that approaches dry. A slight sweetness and tart bitterness lingers. Very well balanced and flavorful.

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Photo of NCalement
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Light amber color with a soapy head that holds well. Has some particulate matter throughout.

S- Fresh hops, pine, citrus, a little sweet malt towards the end.

T- Great balance between bitter hops and citrus flavors. Finish is bitter with a piney aftertaste. Sweet malt throughout that helps wash it down. Bitter soap is left behind.

M- Very good for the style. It has a medium-light body with good carbonation.

O- A good IPA from Foothills that I find myself going to time and time again. The sediment found in this bottle, in fact the whole 12pk, is not usually present in others I've had.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, caramel-copper coloring with a thin halo of white head. Nose of deep, resinous hops, bitter and piney throughout. Flavors are more malt forward, with rich caramel and roasted notes. Bitter hop character provides a dark, oily backbone. Smooth bodied, with a drying finish. The aftertaste is oily and resinous, with subtle citrus notes, too. Different and tasty.

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Photo of SylviaFaye
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bubbly three-finger head rests atop of a golden honey body. Foothills definitely knows how to make an attractive looking beer. The nose is lightly hoppy and grassy with a floral edge. The taste, at first sweet and delicate like dandelion tea bursts into lightly-hopped, slightly medicinal, grassy notes at the finish. The bitterness does not overpower the initial flavors, creating an harmonious balance of naughty and nice.

I can still remember the first time that I had this IPA on a cold Halloween evening in 2011 with a cute guy pulled close to me on the couch at a crowded bar. It set the mood then, and it's certainly giving me considerable pleasure now, even after 3 years. Way to go Foothills! This one's a winner!

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Photo of reebtaerG
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured bottle no date into New Belguim globe

A-Bright gold color with a one finger head. Good lacing throughout

S-Nose of caramel, grain, some grapefruit and pine.

T-Favor is toasty and biscuity malts with some mild citrus and flowery hops.

M-Medium body, solid bitterness. Sweet and malty with a dry finish.

O-A very good IPA beer pretty inexpensive

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a hazy copper color. There's about a finger worth of white-colored head, retaining itself decently. A thin collar remains around the glass, leaving some spotty lacing behind.

S: I have to say, the malt backbone here is pretty interesting. It's bringing brown sugar, candy, caramel, and even some cherry esters - when combined with the grapefruity hops, it's almost like a low-ABV barleywine. I'm not always a fan of malty IPAs, but these guys did a good job making this work.

T: The initial grapefruit tasted on the palate quickly turns herbal/floral near the finish. It's fairly bitter, but not so much to where it's oppressive. Post-swallow, it becomes slightly malty, revealing an aftertaste of toffee, caramel, candied sugar, and even the occasional ester. I'd reckon this is a bit more complex than the typical IPA.

M: Fairly crisp and decently carbonated, if a bit full bodied for my tastes. The bitterness scrubs away some - but not all - of the sweetness off the palate. It isn't super drinkable, but it's a nice one to savor.

O: This is a reasonably delicious IPA I'd buy semi-regularly if it were more locally available. I like that the malt backbone actually adds to the beer instead of distracting from the hops in particular. Good stuff.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy orange with an off white head. Very noticeable, pleasant malt presence, spicy citrusy hop bitterness, nice bit of piney hops there too, and some other light floral notes. Taste is a nice combination of piney and citrusy hops, a little sweet, and a nice malt backbone bringing it all together. Well balanced, fairly simple, but still pretty tasty.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into sniffer glass. Don B gave me the bottle....
A: pours a rich copper color, thick frothy khaki color+1 finger head, carbonation, sediment suspended
S: the aroma is my favorite part, its a sweet bouquet of caramel, citrus, apple, fruity, brown sugar, just fresh all around
M: medium body, slightly chewy
T: slight caramel, grapefruit, orange rind, ginger ale, citrus, hops, bitterness, crisp dry finish, hop head enjoyment
O: wow I'm impressed, sign me up a subscription to this brew as the aroma and flavor are great, truly a fine brew.

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Photo of RedMosquito1
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Foothills is one of the breweries local to my area (central NC). Recently had my first Hoppyum at a "beer dinner" in which beers are paired with various food courses.

A: Typical IPA appearance: copper color, 2-finger head at the pour, some lacing.
S: Citrusy and piney. Very pungent. Awesome. What you want an IPA to smell like.
T: Solid hoppy flavor from start to finish. Very aggressive hops at the front with some grapefruit at the mid-palate. Nice bitterness throughout, but especially at the end.
M: Silky, which was surprising. Not overly dry, but very the dryness is evident.
O: Very enjoyable IPA, with some real complexity. Surprising "pop" of hops in the nose.

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Hoppyum IPA from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
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